Kelley has lived in Lincolnton her whole life. She is graduated from LHS of the Class of 1997 and graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Kelley has worked at DSS for 21 years. The first two years at DSS she worked as an Employment Social Worker, then transitioned over to Children Services where she continues to work. Kelley is married and have 2 daughters.